Journey of an Empath

by Livia

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Debut album by London based singer/songwriter Livia


released March 20, 2015

Harp on track 1 by Allegra Shock
Mandolin on track 5 by Alison Stephens
Guitars on track 11 by Henry Ryan, Felix Lawrie and Alex Lorimer (Brutai)
Narration on track 12 by Alexander MacDonald-Milne

Tracks 1 & 10 written and produced by Livia/L. Hobbs at BlueRoom Studios
Tracks 2,4,6 & 9 written by Livia/Wiggzaro. Produced by Wiggzaro
Tracks 3,7,8 & 12 written by Livia/S. Ellis. Produced by Simon Ellis
Track 5 written by Livia/L. Hobbs. Produced by L. Hobbs. Mixed by Wiggzaro
Track 11 written by Livia/L. Hobbs. Produced by Simon Ellis
All music © 2014 Livia. All rights reserved. Unauthorised duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Album cover photography by George Fairbairn


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Livia is a singer/songwriter from London, England, whose blend of music, magic and folklore have helped her to create songs with a unique twist...


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Track Name: The Magician
There once was a Girl, a musician by trade
Set out on a mission to sing come what may
She walked a thousand miles, her direction the Sea
To find a thousand answers for all she had seen

Some way along the path she came across a Maiden
And finding herself lost she asked for directions
Can you please help for I can’t find my way
The Maiden looked upon her and this she did say

The Fool takes his chance
The Hermit plays safe
Lovers crave romance
And the Star covets fame
The Magician always knows just which card to play
One step ahead and leading the Way

Confused by her words, the Girl hurried on
She’d tried to reply, but the Maiden had gone
As she started to walk, the clouds seemed to fade
The Mother appeared and this she did say

The Fool takes his chance
The Hermit plays safe
Lovers crave romance
And the Star covets fame
The Magician always knows just which card to play
One step ahead and leading the Way

Approaching the cliff-top she found herself alone
A cloaked figure ahead revealed herself as the Crone
They stood side by side and looked out to Sea
Then the Crone turned her head and she said to Me

The Fool takes his chance
The Hermit plays safe
Lovers crave romance
And the Star covets fame
The Magician always knows just which card to play
One step ahead and leading the Way

We’ll be by your side in this unfolding game
For remember my Dear we are one and the same
Track Name: Read Your Mind
Take a long hard look at your life
And tell me do you like what you see
When you’re looking in the mirror
Are you everything you wanted to be
Seems like my life began when I got away from you
You had me feeling so confused
There was nothing left to lose

You tried so hard to push me down
I didn’t think I’d make it back
But now I’ve learned to stand my ground
Don’t underestimate the fact
That I can read your mind

All the things that you think you hide
You can pretend but don’t waste my time
I see through you even though you think I’m blind
I can read between the lines
All the walls that you hide behind
But you forget that I can read your mind
Now read my lips
I don’t need you in my life

Sincerity doesn’t suit you well
What the hell are you trying to prove
I can’t believe in some other lifetime
I listened to you
You think I don’t know that you come to me now
Just to ease your conscience
But things aren’t like they were before
You can’t hurt me anymore

You’ll try to prove you give a damn
But your smile won’t reach your eyes
How stupid do you think I am
I see the truth behind your lies
‘cause I can read your mind

Believe me I’ve tried not to hate you
For what you put me through
I know that I deserved better
But I gained a lot from you
I’ve been thinking it over and over (and over)
Now I realise the truth
It was never about me
Oh no, it was all about you

You tried so hard to push me down
I didn’t think I’d make it back
But now I’ve learned to stand my ground
And I won’t pick up your slack
You tried so hard to break me down
But you won’t succeed at that
And now I’ve turned my life around
Don’t underestimate the fact
That I can read your mind
Track Name: Karmic Emergency
It can be hard to keep up the fight
When temptation gets under your skin
But the light will always find those look
And the real enemy is within
The world can be a dark place
If you take all that you have and use it wrong
Retribution has begun
The hellhounds baying for you
And this time there is no place that you can run
Can’t undo now what is done

What you believe comes true for you
And what you do comes back to bite you
Every action has a consequence
And ignorance is no defence
Oblivious to the pain you cause
I pay you no mind ‘cause you’ll get yours
By the rule of three
You’ve got a karmic emergency

The house of cards that took so long to build
Is starting to tumble and fall
You desperately search now for someone to blame
But the universe sees all
You bit the hand that fed you
And now realise that all you had is gone
Got to face what you’ve become

What ye bring forth comes back to thee
So ever mind the Rule of Three
Follow this with mind and heart
Merry we meet, and merry we part

The magic lies within you
Now’s the time to believe in what you could be
So set your spirit free
Track Name: Broken Soul
We sit here like shattered fragments
Of what we used to be
Young lives filled with so much promise
But now just broken dreams
Every story slightly different
But somehow the ending’s the same
Holding on to too much emotion
Fear anger and shame
We eye each other suspiciously
We’re used to coping alone
How am I going to listen to your problems
I’ve got enough of my own
And every word you speak
Sets all my hidden feelings free
It’s like sitting in a room of raw nerves
How is this supposed to help me

But when everything that mattered to me
Fell apart in front of my eyes
And everything that I believed
Turned to dust and washed away with the tides
You helped mend my broken soul
You taught me so much more than you’ll ever know
Giving me strength when I couldn’t fight
Leading me home

I’m wondering just how I got here
There’s nobody left to blame
As we share all our sadness
Reliving all the pain
I really didn’t believe
That it could possibly do any good
But for the first time in my life
I finally felt understood

I don’t know it will ever be easy
I think we’ve seen too much for that
The best that I can wish for you is peace
While you try to get your life on track
We may not see each other again
But just knowing that you’re out there
It makes me feel a little less alone
And I hope you know I’ll always care
Track Name: Underneath The Mask
Convince her that she’s in love
That you’ve been sent from above
After all her searching
The one is here at last
But you sound too good to be true
Not sure that you can see it through
She’s completely hooked
And losing control fast

She thinks she’s found the love of her life
In her mind she’s already your wife
‘cause she believes she’s found her ideal man
But I don’t see it in your eyes
I think she’s in for a nasty surprise
I think this is all part of your master plan

Just buy her gifts and tell her things
You think she wants to hear
You don’t have to show real feelings
She’ll never know you’re insincere
But after the performance
The audience will gasp
That’s when you reveal
What’s really underneath the mask

Misogynist control freak man
Seeks compliant woman
For some rough and tumble at his whim
Forget your personality
You won’t need it now you belong to him
You failed to read the signs
And now he owns your everything

It started with a moonlit serenade
But he’s the lead in his own dark charade
Seduction is so easy to create
A game where only he knows the rules
It’s an act that has everybody fooled
Once you realise it’s already far too late

Without remorse, draw her into the flame
Break her down and then take no blame
But I refuse to believe you’re all the same
What it comes down to girl
Is you have to see the truth
He should be ashamed
‘cause love isn’t just a game

Promette l’amore, ma è soltanto giocatore
Ha tutte le parole, sì, ma non ama con il cuore
Track Name: Burning Up
You don’t know what you do to me
With just a simple look
You unleash an energy
So unexpected but it’s plain to see
That every move we make
Is pitch-perfect harmony

You can’t deny the chemistry
Attraction is a mystery
Hard to refuse when it’s calling
Do you believe in destiny
That some things are meant to be
You got me hooked and now I’m falling

I’m burning up
Because your touch is like fire
Don’t light the spark if you can’t handle the flame
White hot emotion, it will blow you away
I’m burning up, can you handle the flame

A blazing passion that melts me to the core
Our eyes connecting, searching for more
The glowing embers of what’s left unspoken
Electric crackle and the silence is broken

Reigniting the ashes inside of your soul
Temperature’s rising, it’s hard to say no
Try to resist but it won’t let you go
Engulfing your heart
It has taken control
Track Name: Give Me A Sign
There was a sad event
I guess you’d call it a heartbreak
Caused a vortex to open
And it split my world in two
Catapulted through time
Sucked into a black hole
‘cause half of me moved forward
The other half stayed with you

Everybody tells me I’m just a broken-hearted girl
Nobody gets me, they don’t understand my world

‘cause when I try to run there’s no escape
On every page I turn I find your name
You’re everywhere I go and all see
Give me a sign you miss me
I just keep moving on ‘cause I can’t fail
But there’s no prince inside this fairytale
You’re everywhere I go and all I do
Give me a sign you miss me too

I’ve never been so confused
Unsure of who I am
I’m just jumping back and forth
Either side of the dam
Suddenly became clearer
I learned what I had to know
It’s the Sliding Doors effect
And it happens when your heart grows
Give me a sign
Just give it time

So now the way is clear
I guess that we can’t go backwards
Have to fix all the problems
And try to start anew
But I have to warn you
I am all out of patience
My heart is fragile
So be careful what you do

Don’t try to tell me I’m just a broken-hearted girl
The way that you left me
You really ripped apart my world
Track Name: Playing With Time
Tick tock…

The truth will soon come out
What you’re all about
You left me full of doubt
But your lies they catch you out

Try to force me to fold
But my will is strong
The story is getting old
So I’m good as gone

You trampled my heart
And you strangled my dreams
Devoured my soul
Ripped it apart at the seams
You got what’s yours
And now I want what’s mine
Since you walked away
I’ve just been playing with time

Rest assured your time has come
And now that we are done
It’s time to have some fun
I’ll count to three, now start to run

‘cause if you thought I’d roll over
Better think again
I remember your torture
So I want revenge

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned
I’ve been working it out
While you played with your pawns
Judgement approaches and you’ve been no saint
Tick tock
Time’s up

Playing with time
Like you played with mine
Track Name: Natural High
Do you know the secret
Handed down from ancient times
Just think and you’ll achieve it
All you need is the power of your mind
There will always be those who try to fight it
Their purpose is to stop you getting far
Don’t be repressed by their narrow-mindedness
In this mess we have forgotten who we are

And it all comes down to a simple truth
Everything you need is inside of you
So trust yourself and to your own self be true
Just spread your wings
And launch yourself into the sky
For you were born to fly
On a natural high

So you know you hold the key now
What are you going to do
Believe and you’ll create how
Your future begins with you
And though you may not always want to see it
And yes there will be sacrifice to make
Just open up allow yourself to feel it
It is a path that you’re destined to take

Life is but a journey
A labyrinth of tos and fros
A ship on sometimes troubled waters
Destination unknown
Do not be discouraged
If you don’t know where to start
For the answer it is easy
Just look into your heart
Track Name: Make It Alone
It’s hard to exist
When the world overwhelms you
You feel things so strongly
And it all gets too much
So you spend time alone
Yes, you’re safe but you’re lonely
What you really crave
Is a human touch
And you find it and lose it
Through one bad decision
One spoiled moment, one failed test
It took so much effort to make that connection
And it all fell apart before you drew a breath

But you’ve got to hold on, try to make a new start
Can’t live your life afraid of the dark
You can be certain the courage you own
It’s just a diversion, you can make it alone

It’s hard to see clear
When your walls close around you
You lose what you wanted
And it all meant so much
No choice but to watch
As your demons surround you
‘cause you know in your heart
When you take the wrong path

And you punish yourself for not being perfect
Not being wiser, not knowing yet
A heart full of fantasy led you to horror
And all you’ve got left’s a head full of regret

So don’t give up
This one life is all that you’ve got
You can make it ready or not
So don’t stop, rise to the top
Give it all that you’ve got

I know how it feels
When your tears start to drown you
And you realise your story is far from clear-cut
Track Name: Dark Side Of Love
No one warns you of the hours
You spend lying in despair
Nothing prepares you for the horror
Of seeing reminders everywhere
And just when you think you’ve found the answer
Another question pops in the air
The dark side of love
Is there’s no peace anymore, anywhere

What a pretty dress she’s wearing
As she takes your name
I guess hell has frozen over
The lion has been tamed
How did I let this happen
Let you get under my skin
Feels like my heart’s been shattered
Why did I let you in
And tell me

Why do you get to be happy
When I’m left alone
Got me running out so far
And now I can’t go home
Only these words in this book
Know what I’ve been through
Love with you was dark and twisted
So from tonight it’s like you never really existed

You’ll never know how long I waited
Hoping you’d change your mind
Against every thought I had
That I was strong inside
And so the world sees you smiling
Not the debris you left behind
Your greatest crime was showing me
I need you to feel alive

The fire it burns every trace of you
And the water washes me clean
The air it clears my mind
And the earth is solid beneath my feet
You couldn’t back it up could you
Couldn’t finish what you start
Your soul must be in a very dark place
To gamble with someone’s heart

Love with you was dark and twisted
Love with you was completely sadistic

So why do you get to be happy
When I’m left alone
Got me running out so far
And now I can’t go home
Only these words in this book
Know what I’ve been through
But love with you was dark and twisted
So from tonight it has to be like
You never really existed
Track Name: Ghost Ship
Ooh the ghost of us
It echoes through my mind
Feelings that once burned brightly
Now just left behind
I’ve been so confused
Fighting to swim against the tide
Trying to reach the surface
I’m losing sight of the light
I try to move on but you keep dragging me back
Getting caught in the undertow
The memory of you is so strong
But I’ll hold on

I won’t abandon my ship
I steer a course that’s true
You tried to drive me crazy
But I will get over you
I won’t abandon my ship
No matter what you do
‘cause I have found my anchor
And I will get over you

I sailed away across the crystal blue
Carried along by the waves
That were leading me to you
The siren song is sweet, tempting those who go
Beware that you don’t crash upon the rocks below
I swam out too far and now I can’t go back
Getting caught in your undertow
The essence of you is so strong
But I’ll hold on

And now the winds of change they are blowing
Taking me away from you
I don’t know where it is I am going
But I’ll find someone that’s true

I won’t abandon my ship
Take my heart back from you
You tried to drive me crazy
Was that the best you could do
I won’t abandon my ship
I’ll sail to somewhere new
And I will find my baby
Because I’m over you

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